Realistic job previews are actions taken in the recruiting process to give candidates a sense of what it’s like to work at the company. They are not only designed for the company to see how the candidate handles certain situations but for the candidate to understand what working conditions are like. An example of a realistic job preview activity is the inbox or in-tray exercise.
With technology, companies are doing some innovative things to provide a realistic job preview to candidates:
Photos and video tours of the office environment
Video of internal meetings (here’s an example from Google)
Testimonials from current employees
Social media sharing (via Facebook pages, Tweets, LinkedIn company pages and Google +)